I think so.
If you encountered a statement that it's from swine then that's
probably correct because plants make D2 not D3.
Here's a quote
from an excellent book:
fortified food or supplement label says vitamin D, or
cholecalciferol, that means the origin was animal (generally
fish, but sometimes from sheep wool, hides, or other animal parts
such as cattle brains). Often milk or margarine, which may be thought
of as vegetarian products, will contain vitamin D3 of animal origin.
We have even found supplements that are labeled vegetarian,
yet contain vitamin D3; upon further inquiry, the suppliers were
surprised to realize that the vitamin D used was of animal origin.
Occasionally a soymilk can be found that uses D3 instead of D2 though
most have chosen the D2 (plant) form and clearly list D2 on the
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this source of vitamin supplement D3 found only in the skin of swine
or is this a common source of calcium found in all animals?
It's not a source
of calcium at all. It's a source of the mistakenly termed "Vitamin
D." I haven't heard of it being taken from pigs before but
there's no reason that it couldn't be, and since pigs are slaughtered
by the millions it probably is.
I do not eat pork, or anyone else for that matter, how can I drink
milk if it has been suplemented by a pork product?
Other than giving
up milk, I don't know what you can do.
does or has the FDA informed the general public in any way, shape
or form that today's milk contains by-products of swine's flesh?
It certainly IS NOT on the labels of ingredients as being a by-product
of swine's flesh. What is wrong with this picture and how have we
not been made aware of this travesty?
is with the FDA and the USDA and I strongly encourage you to take
it to them directly since you would be doing us all a favor. These
agencies have allowed and sometimes encouraged the most outrageous
falsehoods and omissions almost since their inception.
3, 1999 I filed a petition with the FDA against their deceptive
fat labeling policies. According to their own rules they were required
to reply by July 1 2000 but I have yet to hear from them. I don't
believe the FDA or USDA are much concerned with the formalities
of democracy but if you would like to harass them a bit over their
failure to identify the form of vitamin D found in milk here is
the place I started: Code of Federal Regulations http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/cfrassemble.cgi?title=199921
FOOD AND DRUG
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF FOOD LABELING, CFSAN DIVISION OF TECHNICAL
EVALUATION 200 C STREET SW (HFS-165) WASHINGTON, DC 20204 Office
Fax; 202-205-5532 Office Voice; 202-205-5483
This is the
start of the petition:
Management Branch, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health
and Human Services, rm. 1-23, 12420 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD
submits this petition under TITLE 21 CFR 10.30 to request the Commissioner
of Food and Drugs to amend Sec. 101.9 "Nutrition labeling of
Sec. 101.9: .........
certifies, that, to the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned,
this petition includes all information and views on which the petition
relies, and that it includes representative data and information
known to the petitioner which are unfavorable to the petition (I
know of none).
was ever received and I haven't had time to follow up. You could
file a similar complaint against "vitamin D" labeling.
received a degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley,
where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his degree in
medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, and
received his postgraduate training at San Diego County Hospital.
He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He has been an
Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director of the
Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his retirement
in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.
addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is an accomplished
hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became a skydiver
with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian since 1950,
and vegan since 1963.